Derek Sievers: More than just a shot putter

Long before Derek Sievers was a shot put standout for the Michigan men’s track team, he hoped to make a name for himself on the gridiron.
 He spent three years as a starting fullback on the football team at Byron Center (Michigan) High School. He has won the shot put four times in his collegiate […]

Michigan done with growing pains, ready for first Big Ten season

The Michigan men’s lacrosse team is entering its fourth year of competition, and its players and coaches believe the program is finally ready to take the step out of infancy. Following a five-win season in 2014, the Wolverines believe the worst of the team’s growing pains are behind them. “This year, we have so many […]

Viewpoint: Ban solitary confinement

“When I walked out of Angola, I didn’t realize how permanently the experience of solitary would mark me,” said Benjamin Sklar, a prisoner held in solitary confinement for 29 years. The isolated torture of one’s psyche is not even remotely an acceptable or humane punishment, yet it is still used consistently behind the walls of […]

David Harris: On squirrels

Last week brought perhaps the holiest day to our campus, a day of reverence and devotion for the furry friends that scamper around us. Yes, Squirrel Appreciation Day had arrived, and for the one place in the world where the usual nuisances are daily acquaintances, this day was a reminder of just how weird campus […]

Natalie Gadbois: For God’s sake, watch ‘The Fall’

A police chief hiding behind a scruffy beard and meekly bloody nose asks, “Why are women emotionally and spiritually so much stronger than men?” This happens after he drunkenly forces himself into the bedroom of a former flame — blonde, enigmatic Stella Gibson — and ineptly tries to make a pass at her. Stella responds […]

New organization aims to increase financial literacy

After nine months of preparations, the national organization Moneythink has made its Michigan debut at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor. The group, launched in the wake of the 2008 economic recession, is dedicated to providing a financial education to high school students through college partnerships. Co-presidents Dillon Stuart, a Business sophomore, and Greg Lobel, […]

University leads effort to digitize thousands of Old English texts

After a 16-year University-led effort, the earliest printed texts of modern era writers will now be available online and for free. The University Library, the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and the company ProQuest have collaborated to make more than 25,000 texts printed between 1473 to 1700 available through the University of Michigan library’s website. […]

‘tick, tick…BOOM!’ promises personal storytelling from Ann Arbor Civic Theatre

The term “musical” is often associated with certain images, usually involving large casts, show-stopping songs and elaborate dance numbers. However, Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s (A2CT) upcoming production of the three-person musical “tick, tick … BOOM!” fights against these preconceived notions. “tick, tick … BOOM!” is an autobiographical musical written by Jonathan Larson, composer of the […]

Experiential learning class plans springs trip to Brazil

Add this to the list of nominees for coolest class of the year. A group of 22 graduate students have been working since last semester on creating their own experiential learning class. Called the International Economic Development Program, the class is through the Ford School of Public Policy’s International Policy Student Association, and each year […]